Jodie Mack

White River Junction, Vermont
Experimental Film, Animation

Medi-Cine is a feature-length animated documentary flicker film grappling with the relationship between psychology and advertising, the construction of the contemporary self, and the role of emotional health as a means for the accumulation and exploitation of wealth. The film harnesses the potential of animation to illuminate states of consciousness and to warp and contort visual and sonic perceptions of time and space to create a stroboscopic temporal record of collected data. Jodie Mack intends to animate the act of research, calling into question the role of diagrams and illustrations in science and documentary. The film serves as an incubator, merging Mack’s role as an artist and educator in the creation of Medi-Cine Laboratory of Good Vibrations, which will (formally) study the use of flicker film and its potential impact on the nervous system, and (informally) provide space and resources for collaborative projects involving animation and perception.

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator. Her films unleash the kinetic energy of material remnants of domestic and institutional knowledge to illuminate the relationship between decoration and utility. Straddling the boundary between rigor and accessibility, her cinema questions how we ascribe value to things. She’s presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, the New York Times, and Senses of Cinema.